Suspects charged with intent to have sex with a minor

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 02:52 PM.

According to police, during conversations between some of the suspects and the undercover officer, who was posing as a 12-year-old female’s mother, the suspects solicited the “mother” to engage in sexual activity with the 12-year-old female. 

Other conversations consisted of the suspect engaging in conversations with the undercover officer, posing as a 13-year-old male, and the suspect solicited the 13-year-old male to engage in sexual activity, according to police. 

During the course of the conversations, the suspects obtained an address and upon arrival at the location the suspects were all taken into custody. The suspects’ ages ranged from early 20s to early 50s and occupations run the gamut from active duty military, steel worker, retail sales, unemployed and a preacher. 

All suspects were booked at the Walton County Department of Corrections. Each suspect was issued a $1 million bond with the release conditions of no contact with minors and that they be required to wear an electronic tracking device, according to police.

To combat the online sexual exploitation of children, many hours were devoted to the planning and execution of this operation, Adkinson said. In the coming weeks, additional arrests could be made in connection with Operation Turkey Hunt.

In addition to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, St Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and Crestview Police Department all participated in the task force investigation.

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